Scientific Assessment

edited by Tomás Hák Bedíich Moldan Arthur Lyon Dahl

About Island Press

Island Press is the only nonprofit organization in the United States whose principal purpose is the publication of books on environmental issues and natural resource management. We provide solutions-oriented information to professionals, public officials, business and community leaders, and concerned citizens who are shaping responses to environmental problems.

Since 1984, Island Press has been the leading provider of timely and practical books that take a multidisciplinary approach to critical environmental concerns. Our growing list of titles reflects our commitment to bringing the best of an expanding body of literature to the environmental community throughout North America and the world.

Support for Island Press is provided by the Agua Fund, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, Kendeda Sustainability Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Forrest & Frances Lattner Foundation, The Henry Luce Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Marisla Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation, Oak Foundation, The Overbrook Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Wallace Global Fund, The Winslow Foundation, and other generous donors.

The opinions expressed in this book are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of these foundations.


The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) was established by the International Council for Science (ICSU) in 1969. It brings together natural and social scientists to identify emerging or potential environmental issues to address jointly the nature and solution of environmental problems on a global basis. Operating at an interface between the science and decision-making sectors, SCOPE's interdisciplinary and critical focus on available knowledge provides analytical and practical tools to promote further research and more sustainable management of the earth's resources. SCOPE's members, thirty-eight national science academies and research councils and twenty-two international scientific unions, committees, and societies, guide and develop its scientific program.

Sustainability Indicators

The Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE)

SCOPE Series

SCOPE 1 — 59 in the series were published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., U.K. Island Press is the publisher for SCOPE 60 as well as subsequent titles in the series.

SCOPE 60: Resilience and the Behavior of 'Large-Scale Systems, edited by Lance H. Gunderson and Lowell Pritchard Jr.

SCOPE 61: Interactions of the Major Biogeochemical Cycles: Global Change and Human Impacts, edited by Jerry M. Melillo, Christopher B. Field, and Bedrich Moldan

SCOPE 62: The Global Carbon Cycle: Integrating Humans, Climate, and the Natural World, edited by Christopher B. Field and Michael R. Raupach

SCOPE 63: Invasive Mien Species: A New Synthesis, edited by Harold A. Mooney, Richard N. Mack, Jeffrey A. McNeely,

Laurie E. Neville, Peter Johan Schei, and Jeffrey K. Waage

SCOPE 64: Sustaining Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in Soils and Sediments, edited by Diana H. Wall

SCOPE 65: Agriculture and the Nitrogen Cycle: Assessing the Impacts ofFertilizer Use on Food Production and the Environment, edited by Arvin R. Mosier, J. Keith Syers, and John R. Freney

SCOPE 66: The Silicon Cycle: Human Perturbations and Impacts on Aquatic Systems, edited by Venugopalan Ittekkot, Daniela Unger, Christoph Humborg, and Nguyen Tac An

SCOPE 67: Sustainability Indicators: A Scientific Assessment, edited by Tomás Hák Bedrich Moldan, and Arthur Lyon Dahl

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